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Thousands of Clark’s fans are already saving up to 50% on groceries after making the switch to Aldi, a no-frills food chain with more than 1,600 U.S. locations in 35 states.
Those shoppers know that most of the items sold at Aldi are private label, which keeps prices so low.
Read more: Your local Aldi is getting a whole new look!
3 apps to save even more money at Aldi
Although you’ll find some brand name products at Aldi, bargain hunters may be disappointed to learn that the discount grocer won’t accept a manufacturer’s coupon for those things.
However, there are ways to maximize your savings using popular cash back grocery apps.
If you’re not familiar, there are quite a few apps that will reward you for buying various items and uploading a receipt using your smartphone.
The king of these apps is Ibotta, which unfortunately doesn’t partner with Aldi.
The good news is that I’ve found three other legitimate apps, available for download on Google Play or the App Store, that will give you cash back for things that are probably already on your list!
1. Checkout 51
Checkout 51 updates with a new list of offers every Thursday morning. You simply select your grocery store and see what’s available that week.
Aldi shoppers will find the “pick your own offer” option the best because it’s not brand-specific.
For example, this week you can get $0.25 cash back by uploading a receipt that includes the purchase of oranges, raspberries, grapefruit, bell peppers or cucumbers.
Checkout 51 will send you a check in the mail once you reach $20.
Another app that Aldi shoppers will love is called MobiSave, which has a few advantages over some of its competitors:
- Shop at any store with an itemized receipt
- Get paid in less than 24 hours via PayPal
- No minimum to cash out
Since Aldi primarily sells private label items, you’re going to find the “any brand” rebates most useful, just like with Checkout 51. Here are some of MobiSave’s recent any brand offers:
- Frozen pizza
- Peanut butter
- Hand soap
And while MobiSave's any brand rebates only provide $0.10 cash back per item, the money is promptly deposited into your PayPal account with no minimum.
Don't buy all of these items at Aldi? Use the app anywhere you shop!
3. Receipt Hog
The third and final app that I want to tell you about is called Receipt Hog, which is a little bit different than the other two.
By uploading receipts from any store, you earn coins, spins and sweepstakes entries. Once you’ve collected enough coins, you can redeem them for a PayPal credit, an Amazon gift card or a magazine subscription.
Owned by a market research company, the app anonymously shares receipt data that brands purchase.
Don't forget about credit card rewards!
In addition to downloading these apps, Aldi now accepts credit cards, so you may want to use a card that gives you some cash back for grocery purchases.
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